Operation Red File
One of the first collaborative undertakings was the project known as Operation Red File.
The project contained several phases, the first of which was the collection of reflections from nearly 70 members of the Pretender fan community. Submissions ranged from letters to collages, digital art, comics, and even a mini movie. The entries ranged from personal stories to humourous anecdotes, providing a wide range of contributions describing exactly how the Pretender affected each participant.
The second phase of the project was the assembly, both in physical and digital formats. Each entry was recorded and placed in a communal folder for coding into an online magazine format so all the participants had the ability to view the final product. A physical copy of each submission was placed in a scrapbook that was then presented to Steven and Craig on September 19, 2013 during the anniversary celebration of the Pretender.
The third phase was creation of supporting pages, cover, and yearbook to give the Red File some structure. Contributors added photographs and contact information to provide some context to each entry.
The last phase was an online campaign to leak hints of the project to the Pretender Creators, through various social media outlets. Official hints were leaked every week or so, with individuals tweeting or posting about it more often.
The final result was a great collaboration that seemed to be enjoyed by everyone in the Centre Universe!
You can find the final result here: https://www.thepretenderlives.com/theredfile/index.php
If you’ve been a part of this special project, and even if you didn’t, don’t miss the follow up videos, where the creators thank all of the fans for their amazing submissions.